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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Charm Offensive Created by Waggener Edstrom to Justify Political Subversion

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Charm Offensive Created by Waggener Edstrom to Justify Political Subversion
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 11:23:48 +0100
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Microsoft chooses key time to remind Olympia of its clout

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft insists the timing is coincidental.
| Yet it chose Friday to publicize a study 
| showing its massive economic effect on the 
| state.
| Not any Friday, but the Friday before 
| lawmakers huddled for a last push to decide 
| what taxes Microsoft and everyone else must 
| pay to keep the state afloat.


"In the fall of 1982, Pam Edstrom [of Waggener Edstrom], a
diminutive woman with piercing blue eyes, was recruited by
Microsoft. [...] In modern-day business, flacks were responsible
 not only for avoiding bad press, but for spinning the good. [...]
 Hanson and Edstrom would spin a whole new image for Gates himself.
They would tap the best and worst of Chairman Bill, changing his
clothes, his voice, and his allegiances, driving him to become not
just the boss, but, essentially, the company mascotâa sort of
high-technology Colonel Sanders."

        --Pam's daughter


Microsoft Tax Cut & Amnesty Pending in the Legislature


Open Letter to the Washington State Legislature on HB 3191


Rep. Larry Seaquist: It's only a tax cut, if you were paying the tax

,----[ Quote ]
| Does the Department of Revenue think
| Microsoft is following the law? Well,
| we've recently received a more detailed
| response from the department about this
| issue and will post more shortly. All I'll
| say for now is that HB3176 labels this
| kind of out of state tax dodge an "abusive
| tax practice".
| As for Rep. Seaquist, when I wrote him to
| be sure he understood the problems with
| the bill (and to ask him for a public
| statement for the blog), he replied,
| "Gents, please direct your continuing
| concerns to Rep. Hunter. Very best wishes,
| Larry"


Update on Status and Records Requests Related to Microsoft Tax Dodge


Public Records Request Received Regarding HB3176 and Rep. Hunter


Attorney General Affirms Non-Disclosure of Department of Revenue Tax Documents


Cartoonist Takes on Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Washington State


Cartoon about Microsoft's giant tax gift from Washington State

,----[ Quote ]
| Jeff sez, "Inspired by Boing Boing post about
| Microsoft tax dodge, cartoonist RR Anderson
| takes on Washington's $100 million tax cut and
| tax amnesty for Microsoft."

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